Sunday, July 25, 2010

"I Do" Balloons

I've noticed a trend building...balloons used in weddings.
And not just a few bunches here and there, but dozens and dozens!
Arches! Huge bunches! Intricately constructed adornments!

When done right, balloons can add a real air of celebration and fun.
And of course, they are available in a zillion colors,
so the chances are very good
that you can match your wedding color scheme.

You can be married under a balloon arch...Or really make an entrance!

Show off your dance floor with a balloon "gazebo" of sorts.

Have a halo over your head table...

...or highlight the yummies on your cake table.

There are so many novel things that can be done with balloons now.
Available to us are tiny battery lights that go right inside the balloon itself,
creating it's own sparkle and glow. Isn't this balloon 'chandelier' fabulous?

And when you think of balloons, don't just think simple single-color!
Think see-through, multiple-layer balloons. What fun!

Looking for new ideas for your wedding?
Call us at Bloomers anytime!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Emily Dickinson: The Poetry of Flowers

American poet Emily Dickinson is perhaps less known for her love of flowers than for her writings. Born to a wealthy family in Massachusetts in 1830, she quickly became eccentric and reclusive. Her poetry was mostly viewed unfavorably during her lifetime, and in fact, it could be argued that in her day she was better known for her gardens. In the 1950's, the bulk of her poetry was published by scholar Thomas Johnson, and her place in American literary circles was firmly anchored. Flowers of all sorts appear in many of her poems.

The New York Botanical Garden recently held a flower show recently in their beautiful Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Based on extensive research, the NYBG created a superb display including her favorite flowers, such as daylilies, tulips, roses and jasmine, to name just a few. Victorian-era gardens overflowed, and these surroundings are what inspired a great deal of her poetry. Her first published book of poetry even featured flowers on the cover.

Also at the NYBG, there were representations of both Emily's and her brother's home, which were on the same property in Amherst, Massachusetts. Adding a whimsical note was a re-creation of the woodland pathway, which Emily wrote was "just wide enough for two who love." How charming!

During her lifetime, Dickinson kept an extensive leather-bound book filled with floral pressings. Though she kept no flower diaries as such, researchers have easily recreated what her garden would have looked like in her day.

Many of Dickinson's poems were untitled, but here is one about my favorite flower:

A Rose

A sepal, petal, and a thorn

Upon a common summer morn

A flash of dew, a bee or two,

A breeze,

A caper in the trees,

And I am a rose!

If you would like to know more about Emily Dickinson's gardens', check out these two recent publications on the subject: "Emily Dickinson's Gardens" and "The Gardens of Emily Dickinson".

For more information about flowers in general,

call us anytime at Bloomers! 910-815-8585

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Flowers Underwater!

Sometimes a heavy rainstorm is good for more than just keeping you indoors.
It got me thinking about flowers and their relationship to water.
Which then led to submerging flowers in the arrangements!

I love how the pink tulips (above) are massed together in the vase, forming a pretty pink huddle and complimenting the orchids and branches.
Notice that everything looks magnified underwater!

Not all flowers will appreciate this treatment. For instance, anything with fuzzy leaves will not be happy completely submerged for very long. But there are many more that will be just fine, as will many greens. Changing the water often will be even more important with this type of arrangement, as will using a preservative.

Sometimes you just want to break the rules-and do something completely different!

Roses are a good choice for submerging. Their solid heads and straight, sturdy stems hold up well under the pressure of being submerged. Careful placement is key in this design. You may be able to see the bubbles that have formed around the edges of the roses...adding a magical touch!
Here, decorative glass marbles are used to help weight the flowers. You could also use a "kenzan", a Japanese flower frog. Kenzan literally means "pack of needles".
These are great for holding on to stems.

Orchids are another good possibility.
In this tall cylinder vase, they just seem to be floating lightly and delicately.
How lovely!

Adding candles, either in their own votive cups, or using the great underwater battery candles adds a touch of romance and atmosphere!

This 'bookend" vase is beautiful with the addition of yellow and cream calla lilies.
Though there is very little water, thanks to careful placement every stem has access to it.
This is a simple and effective design!

Submerged leaves of all sorts are an effective way to fill the space in very large vases,
such as these tall cylinder vases.
It's a great way to add interest to what would otherwise be a plain glass cylinder.

Innovative designs. That's what Bloomers Floral Design is known for. Call us today! 910-815-8585